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Cricket World Cup final: You may not care, but India sure does

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(Read caption) Indian police officers keep guard inside the cricket stadium in Mohali, India on Tuesday, March 29. India will take on Pakistan in the second semifinal of the Cricket World Cup on Wednesday.

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People all across India are calling into work to report that they just can't make it in. In one case, only three of 75 staff members turned up to work recently. No, it's not a protest, or a bug going around.

There have simply been more pressing issues in the subcontinent over the past couple of weeks: Cricket. And things are about to heat up.

Wednesday is the day that India and Pakistan face off in the cricket world cup semifinal. If the fact that so many people mysteriously called in "sick" at the same time as the quarterfinal between India and Australia last week is any indicator, expect tumbleweeds at the offices here Wednesday.

This isn't just big, it's a must-see event – even for those who don't watch cricket (though, good luck finding one of those).

For the two neighbors with an often-antagonistic relationship, it's a chance for some sporting brinkmanship, and excitement on both sides of the border is at fever pitch. For India, it could well be the day when roughly 1 billion people play hooky.

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